Messages from the Publisher

Why Clinical Trials, Politics, and Seeing Someone Else’s Point of View

Clinical trials are important. People who participate in them help us find new cures treatments, and explanations for various behaviors. One recent clinical study conducted by University of California psychologist Dr. Jonas Kaplan, captured my attention. It turns out that there is actually a scientific reason why people are stubborn about their political beliefs. Kaplan and his colleagues studied ... »

Making Mistakes

Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth—Richelle E. Goodrich I don’t know about you, but I hate making mistakes – not mistakes like a typo, or burning something I’ve baked. (In my life, that’s pretty much a daily occurrence!) The mistakes that are really hard are ... »

Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month, and an important topic. The latest rage on Netflix is 13 Reasons Why. It’s about Hannah Baker, who takes her life after a series of hurtful incidents, brought on by individuals at school. It’s about bullying, hurtful rumors, and ways people hurt one another. It isn’t biographical, but it could be. After all, Hannah’s tragedy is all too common. After one mom watched it w... »

June Brides

Have you ever wondered why couples often choose June to tie the knot? Certainly, June is often a beautiful and temperate month. But it also derived its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, and people believed that couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness. And during medieval times a person’s annual bath usually fell in May or June, meaning that June brid... »

Lazy Days of Summer

Most of us can’t wait for summer to arrive, freeing ourselves from cumbersome clothing, and delighting in longer days filled with all that the season has to offer. So why does summer sometimes make us feel lethargic? What accounts for those lazy days of summer? According to Quartz Media, the answer simple, and scientifically-based: hot weather slows our bodies down. The hotter it is outside, the m... »

Staying Forever Young

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts recently delivered the commencement address at his son’s ninth-grade graduation. And he surprised students with his message, saying, “I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.” Justice Roberts also recited th... »

Publisher’s Letter August 2016 I am determined to get everything I possibly can out of this glorious summer we are having. Whether attending a craft show, swimming laps at the local pool, taking an outdoor exercise class, getting to a farmer’s market or festival, the possibilities are endless. Last week, I visited The Chautauqua Institution, where admission is free on Sundays. This non-profit adul... »

Summer!

We’ve finally reached and are basking in Western New York’s most glorious season. There is so much to do and so much to enjoy that it’s hard to choose, so the only advice I have for myself and others is pick something, anything, and get outside! Summer is a great time to enjoy garden walks, flea markets, the zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens, craft shows, festivals, and food trucks. Canalside and R... »

New Year’s Resolutions

I can make all kinds of promises to myself in the New Year – promises to be kinder, to be more patient, to be less emotional, to not let people get me down, to think things through before acting, to be a better person, to lose weight, to play with my dog more. The list goes on. Often, the most challenging promises we make to ourselves have to do with forgiveness – forgiving others and forgiving ou... »

Autumn Means Bidding Adieu to Summer

Autumn is officially here, and bidding adieu to summer is definitely bittersweet. Don’t get me wrong. I love this season. I just worry about what comes afterwards. Just as last year’s memories of one of our harshest winters ever finally begins to fade, most of us can’t help worrying about what’s in store for us this year. Fall always has a way of making us feel nostalgic, which is feeling a sense ... »

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